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American Dream in Death of a Salesman

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The American Dream (Outline/Notes)

American Dream Themes:

To attain the American Dream, you must have: • Working people making pretty good livings • Steady Jobs • Rising pay • Benefits/Healthcare • Retirement payments • Can afford to buy a home + pay off the mortgage • Hope that your kids do better than you

Corrupt American Dream:

A corrupted American Dream involves: • Corrupt big bosses • Working people barely scraping by, and not making what they should be • Not able to find jobs • Lower incomes • No benefits or healthcare • Not being able to retire • Not being able to afford homes • Kids are doing worse than you did

American Dream in Death of a Salesman:

Reoccurring American dream themes: • Hope your child does better than you • Corrupt big bosses • Retirement Payments

Willy’s Dream: • Hope your child does better than you

Willy’s dream is interrupted by: • Corrupt big bosses • Working people barely scraping by • Kids are doing worse than you did • Lower incomes • Not being able to retire • Not being able to afford homes • Not able to find new jobs

Willy has almost all of the corrupted idols of the American Dream working against him. This makes it extremely difficult for his American Dream, to see his boys thrive, to come true. It gets to the point where they move back in with him, and he is pushed over the edge.

Introduction:

State the topic.

Paragraph 1:

Talk about Willy’s American Dream and what he has to do to achieve it.

Paragraph 2:

Talk about how Willy’s kids are doing worse than him.

Paragraph 3:

Talk about his job

Paragraph 4:

Talk about his inability to retire.

Paragraph 5:

Talk about his inability to find a new job.

Paragraph 6:

Talk about the low incomes

Paragraph 7:

Talk about how the working class is barely scraping by

Conclusion:

Write the conclusion.

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